Biology and Criminology: The Biosocial Synthesis

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-05
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Numerous criminologists have noted their dissatisfaction with the state of criminology. The need for a new paradigm for the 21st century is clear. However, many distrust biology as a factor in studies of criminal behavior, whether because of limited exposure or because the orientation of criminology in general has a propensity to see it as racist, classist, or at least illiberal. This innovative new book by noted criminologist Anthony Walsh dispels such fears, examining how information from the biological sciences strengthens criminology work and both complements and improves upon traditional theories of criminal behavior. With its reasoned case for biological science as a fundamental tool of the criminologist, Walsh's groundbreaking work will be required reading for all students and faculty within the field of criminology.

Table of Contents

List of Boxesp. ix
List of Figuresp. xi
List of Tablesp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxv
Why Criminology Needs Biologyp. 1
Genetics and Criminalityp. 25
Evolutionary Psychology and Criminalityp. 55
The Neurosciences and Criminalityp. 86
The Anomie/Strain Tradition and Socioeconomic Statusp. 114
The Social Learning Tradition and Adolescencep. 142
The Control Tradition and the Familyp. 171
The Human Ecology/Social Disorganization Tradition and Racep. 200
The Critical Tradition and Conflictp. 229
Feminist Criminology and Genderp. 257
Retrospect and Prospectp. 286
Bibliographyp. 297
Indexp. 343
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